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Adler C. Eliacin

Member, NAAHP Advisory Board

Review Member, NAAHP Scholarship Committee

Managing Director, Synergy Strategy Group

Adler Eliacin is a passionate Global Workforce and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategy professional with over 20 years of experience. Mr. Eliacin is the Managing Director at Synergy Strategy Group, a boutique diverse Workforce Development, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and National Executive Search Firm. Mr. Eliacin oversee Synergy’s global workforce development strategy for diverse organizations of all types and sizes across all industries, from established Fortune 500 companies to government. Previously, Mr. Eliacin held several senior leadership Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) positions at State Street Corporation. From helping developing to supporting State Street award winning Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program in partnership with Human resources. He provided worldwide DEI best practices and innovative solutions for culture change through research, events and benchmarking. As the Head of Supplier Diversity, he was responsible for developing and launching State Street Supplier Diversity program, and supporting State Street award winning Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)
Program. He encourages the use of minority-owned, women owned, veteran owned, LGBT-owned, service disabled veteran owned, historically underutilized business, and Small Business Administration (SBA)-defined small business concerns as suppliers.

Before State Street, Mr. Eliacin was the Director of Corporate Relationship and Innovation for the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts. Mr. Eliacin was responsible to strengthen regional corporate partnerships and developed job opportunity for Urban League clientele in the Greater Boston area. Beforehand, Mr. Eliacin was the Supply Diversity & Compliance manager at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). At the MBTA, Mr. Eliacin was responsible to identify business opportunities for minority, women and other diverse-owned Businesses, coach and mentor suppliers to become more competitive throughout Massachusetts. Before joining the MBTA, Mr. Eliacin was a Senior Business Developer at Verizon Business. There, he developed emergingbusiness initiatives through a wide range of national partnerships. Under his leadership, he oversaw unprecedented levels of growth in the booming healthcare information technology sector.

Mr. Eliacin has held senior International and Technology positions at iBasis – a Cisco company, AMICAS, and BBN – where he began his career at the prestigious BBN Technologies (originally Bolt Beranek and Newman Inc.) as a Network Engineer with. BBN is best known as the founders of the Internet, it gained a reputation as “the third university” in Cambridge alongside Harvard and MIT. Technologies in Cambridge, MA. During his tenure at iBasis, Mr. Eliacin successfully transitioned from IT to International Project Management by building on his relationships to clients on a global scale – where he worked and oversaw VoIP implementation projects in over 18 countries including United Kingdom, Germany, China, Japan, Philippines, India, Sri Lanka,
Greece, Mexico and Brazil.

In the community, Mr. Eliacin is a member of the Advisory Board of the Tufts University Diversity and Inclusion Leadership programs, a member of the Advisory Board of National Society of Black Engineers –Boston Chapter, a member of the Advisory Board of the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, Inc. (BECMA), a Corporate Council member of Center For Women & Enterprise (CWE), a Corporate Council member of the Financial Services Roundtable for Supplier Diversity (FSRSD), a member of The Steering Committee of The Boston Foundation – Development Institute. Previously, Mr. Eliacin serves as the Chairman of the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Massachusetts, a member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Chamber Leadership Alumni Council and on the Executive Board as Treasurer and Finance Chair of the Boston Branch National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) overseeing the budget of the oldest chartered branch in the nation. Ultimately, he is a dedicated community advocate for small business growth, professional mentoring and youth development.

Mr. Eliacin is a graduate of Northeastern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Technology and a minor in Marketing and completed the Harvard Business School, Executive Leadership Program in 2018.